Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Campbeltown Whisky Company Ltd. (CWCL)
Bottling serie
Watt Whisky
Stated Age
11 years old
Number of bottles
57.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
20 Sep 2020 9:03 pm by Cipidos
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

£ 81.69

7 × in wishlist

38 × member ratings

47 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 2009 CWCL

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.37 points

  1. thijs100 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    The Caol Ila will go down a treat with those that like their whisky heavily peated.
    • Nose
      Grilled pineapple to start, underpinned by brine, wet rocks and a touch of band aids. Gentle wood smoke, a whiff of sauerkraut and a fair amount of smoked barley husks. Finally some dried seaweed.
    • Taste
      Quite peaty supported by plenty of soot, charcoal and tar. A pinch of salt, some white pepper and charred, bitter lemon peel. I don't like using coastal in a tasting note—it feels a bit nondescript—but I suppose it's apt here and I can't think of anything better right now.
    • Finish
      More of the same but with a slight medicinal edge now.

  2. Cipidos scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  3. JNuyts scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  4. Cubey666 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
      Oily, peat, brine, vanille, pineapple, lime, popcorn,
    • Taste
      84 84
      In Line with nose. Peaty, vanilla, little smoky, pineapple, melon.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Ash, bandaids, pepper, iodine, lemon peel.

  5. markjedi1 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur


    A new independent bottler has appeared! We all know Mark Watt from his days at Cadenhead of course, but he has recently gone solo with a brand new… err… brand – with a little help from crowdfunding. Watt Whisky, or more officially the Campbeltown Whisky Company Ltd. The first casks have just been bottled and can be found at your local liquor store. The first one I try – the rest will follow, be assured – is this young Caol Ila. I simply couldn’t wait…

    Aha! Wonderful nose on wet rocks, chalk, fresh crab, woodsmoke and some vanilla, but the top note is unmistakably pineapple! After some air a gust of sea breeze appears and the peat becomes more outspoken. Some band aids and lime appear. Nice.

    Pretty oily with lots of soot, vanilla, sea salt and pepper that precede the citrus fruit, while the pineapple is pushed to the back. You can actually taste the sea! It evolves towards a textbook example of Caol Ila, just the way I like it: clean, chiseled and salty.

    The finish last and last, is very smoky with both a sweet and salty note.

    Sturdy fellow, this Caol Ila. And while it is a safe bet, for Coal Ila never disappoints, I’m happy to have added this bottle to my cabinet. Bring on the winter!

  6. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Raw, young, high-quality (as always) Caol Ila
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  8. Jim_my_whisky did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    From Whiskyfun,

    Caol Ila 11 yo 2009/2020 (57.4%, Watt Whisky, hogshead, 303 bottles)
    Colour: white wine. Nose: a slightly lighter and breezier style. Lots of fresh sea air, crab sticks, wet beach pebbles, gorse, starched linens, bath salts and things like chalk, putty and antiseptic on gauze. Pristine, pure, almost irritatingly consistent Caol Ila. With water: deeper and sootier, more things like rope, puffer smoke, anchovies and a little kelp. Mouth: lemon juice, sheep wool oils, mineral oil, pink sea salt and kippers drizzled in brine and lemon juice. Oysters, ink, seawater… you get the picture. It’s basically one of these rather narrow Caol Ilas that displays an extremely pure and chiselled profile focussed on coastal and seashore aspects but with a quieter peat smoke influence. If I put on my ‘Serge Valentin moustache’ for a moment I’d probably say ‘millimetric!’. With water: creosote, black pepper, smoked teas with lemon, pasta water, smoked herbs and more medical things like gauze and TCP. Finish: long, more powerfully smoky, tarry, salty, peppery and with iodine and pure seawater again. Comments: This one rewards water with a little more complexity I think. Yet another superb and very pure Caol Ila, I like the unabashed ‘coastalness’ on display here.
    SGP: 356 - 88 points.


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